Boeing KC-46 now flies with refueling boom

The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus performed the first flight with its air-to-air refueling boom in place this week, Boeing announced on 3 June. It was the fifth test flight for the aircraft, but the first time it flew with the equipment installed. The new tanker aircraft still has a long test program to go ahead of it, however.

The boom was not used on the flight, since a lot of operating equipment is still waiting to be installed. The KC-46 will also feature the drogue air to air refueling method for US Navy aircraft. Introduction into service is at least two years away for the KC-46, which replaces the old Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.

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